This month in... Zzap!64 '87
Sensible Software signed to Outlaw, Palace Software's new label. The first game the sensi chaps would deliver was "Shoot'em Up Construction Kit" (or SEUCK as it came to be known as).
A game based on Jeffrey Archer's first novel, "Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less" was in the works. Meanwhile, Archer had been busy in a highly publicised court case and had just been acquitted.
There was a "Ten Things You Never Knew About Mark Cale" section (head of System 3). They included Mark's apparent obsession with TV show "Magnum" (he named his dog Apollo after the doberman in the show and bought a red Ferarri Mondial), his reputation as a bit of a man about town, and that his favourite midday snack was an entire greasy chicken.
US Gold announced a new label, GO, which would release "spectacular full-priced new games".
Zzap took a look at the MUD "Shades" which was available to Micronet and Prestel customers.
The Sega Master System was originally meant to hit the UK shelves a year earlier, courtesy of Ariolasoft, but that had apparently gone nowhere. Mastertronic had stepped in and signed distribution rights with Sega and the console would be available in the UK for £99 (which included a copy of "Hang-On"). The Zzap lads didn't sound entirely convinced by the line-up.
Julian Rignall interviewed Paul Norris who had jumped ship from the Electric Pencil Company to form Binary Vision.
Andrew Braybrook's developer diary for "Morpheus" had almost come to an end. Squashing bugs and optimising bullet and enemy handling/drawing seemed to be the order of the day.
- "Knight Orc" Level 9
- "Ace II" Cascade
- "Implosion" Cascade
- "Ringworld" Cascade
- "Bubble Bobble" Firebird
- "Mrs Mop" Ariolasoft
- "Yogi Bear" Pirahna
- "Renegade" Ocean
- "Athena" Ocean
- "Centurions" Reaktor/Ariolasoft
- "Zynaps" Hewson - 90% Sizzler "An immensely addictive, slick and infuriatingly difficult shoot 'em up."
- "Re-Bounder" Gremlin Graphics - 90% Sizzler "A brilliant sequel, and a superb game in itself."
- "California Games" Epyx - 97% Gold Medal "Epyx surpass themselves yet again with another incredible sports simulation. Don't miss it."
- "Guild of Thieves" Magnetic Scrolls/Rainbird - 90% Sizzler "Guild of Thieves is an excellent program, combining Magnetic Scrolls' progamming expertise with a more accessible scenario and some excellent puzzles."
- "Shard of Spring" SSI - 88% "Just short of brilliant"
- "Street Sports Baseball" Epyx - 82% "A fresh approach to an otherwise jaded format."
- "Kikstart II" Mastertronic - 86% "Just what Kickstart fans are waiting for - virtually unlimited dirt bike riding."
- "Star Paws" Software Projects - 90% Sizzler " A humorous and unusual release from Software Projects."